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The Lengths We Go For Sleep

Can’t sleep? You’re not alone. Research conducted by the Center for Disease Control found that almost 70 million US adults have some form of a sleep disorder. From insomnia – the most commonly reported sleep issue –to obstructive sleep apnea, people aren't getting the proper amount of shut-eye each night, leading some to take drastic measures in the name of getting better sleep. 

How far would you go to get a good night's rest? Here are some of the strategies used today:

 

Want to take advantage of the afternoon nap? The walking sleeping bag allows you to plop down anywhere for a quick snooze. Or, revisit your kindergarten days with a daily, afternoon siesta, blanket included.

The continuous positive airway pressure – or CPAP – machine, is frequently used to help people with sleep apnea breathe more easily. Bonus use? It also doubles as a Darth Vader mask to scare the kids.

When it comes to sleeping masks – a basic mask can keep light out effectively. However, new technologies now bring the right kind of light in. Some masks offer personalized light therapy, and one sleeping mask doesn’t even require the user to close their eyes. Instead, insomniacs just stare into a soft blue light until eventually falling asleep. 

 

Doesn’t everyone have a love-hate relationship with their pillow? Getting just the right angle or amount of fluff can be a challenge for anyone. Then you’ve got folks who opt for the upright snooze with the coveted airplane neck brace.

 

For those who don’t want to rely on a product, some people attempt to completely alter their sleep schedule by blocking out natural light and tin-foiling every window in the bedroom.

While these strategies are peculiar and possibly effective, consider first trying these seven wellness tips on how to sleep better, as getting enough rest impacts good decision-making the following day. So, skip the after-dinner coffee and tuck in early with a good book – all in the name of a healthier tomorrow.